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RFA Bemoans Falling Flex Fuel Vehicle Offerings (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-12-11
Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network reports the following comments on the decline of Flex Fuel Vehicles from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) VP for Industry Relations Robert White:

"Unfortunately, changes that were made to CAFE credits, which are Corporate Average Fuel Economy credits that the automakers received for years to make flex fuel vehicles, was changed during the Obama Administration to be phased out for flex fuel vehicles. They really aimed at incentivizing electric vehicles.

"We knew this was coming ... We have seen it in the last few model years, but we are really down to just 11 models of flex fuel vehicles coming from just Ford and General Motors. That's a strong dive from where we once were at 80 different models across eight manufacturers.

"We're sure doing all we can to reverse that trend. There were some recent comments to the federal government on how to incentivize the return of those vehicles. I also think there is just genuine consumer interest. The automakers are no doubt hearing from more people. We have record people converting their vehicles to make them flex fuel now than we have ever seen. It's an astonishing new market."

According to the RDA, only 11 flex fuel models will be on the market in 2021 with five of those models available only to fleet purchasers. (Source: RFA, Iowa Agribusiness Radio, 9 Dec., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Robert White, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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5,000th US E85 Station Opens in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Flex Fuel
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Hawkeye State, regional gas-bar and convenience store chain Caseys General Stores Inc reports its location in Ankeny, Iowa is the 5,000the Flex Fuel E85 retail station in the U.S.

The location presently sells E85 for roughly 30 pct less than regular Unleaded 87. The company operates 2,146 locations in 16 states.(Source: CaseysGeneral Stores Inc., 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Caseys, www.casey.com

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5,000th US E85 Station Opens in Iowa (Ind. Report)
Casey
Date: 2020-03-25
In the Hawkeye State, regional gas-bar and convenience store chain Caseys General Stores Inc reports its location in Ankeny, Iowa is the 5,000the Flex Fuel E85 retail station in the U.S.

The location presently sells E85 for roughly 30 pct less than regular Unleaded 87. The company operates 2,146 locations in 16 states.(Source: CaseysGeneral Stores Inc., 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: Caseys, www.casey.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E85 news,  


EPA Waivers Costly for Ethanol Ind., says Study (Ind Report)
EPA "Hardship Waivers"
Date: 2019-01-02
According to a recently released University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study, the US EPA's small refinery "hardship" waivers of their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could cost the ethanol industry nearly $20 billion annually.

The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average. The study also notes that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year. (Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688, www.fapri.missouri.edu

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RFA Helps Consumers Track Flex Fuel Models, Stations (Ind. Report)
RFA
Date: 2018-12-05
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports there are now more than 24 million flex fuel vehicles (FFV) vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV) capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). To assist FFV owners and drivers,the RFA has updated its annual FFV brochure that compiles FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998.

According to the brochure, "There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week."

Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported. RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost.

View a copy of the brochure HERE (Source: Renewable Fuel Association, 4 December, 2018) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  Biofuel,  Flex Fuel,  


Study says EPA Waivers Could Cost Ethanol Ind. $20 bln (Ind Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-09-12
According to a recently released University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study, the US EPA's small refinery "hardship" waivers of their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could cost the ethanol industry nearly $20 billion annually.

The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average.

The study also found that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688, www.fapri.missouri.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  RFS,  EPA,  Ethanol,  EPA Hardship Waivers,  

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